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Chamber of Commerce Hacked by Chinese

John on December 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

The WSJ reports on the hacking which they describe as the boldest yet:

A group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of America’s top business-lobbying group and gained access to everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members, according to several people familiar with the matter…

It is possible the hackers had access to the network for more than a year before the breach was uncovered, according to two people familiar with the Chamber’s internal investigation.

One of these people said the group behind the break-in is one that U.S. officials suspect of having ties to the Chinese government. The Chamber learned of the break-in when the Federal Bureau of Investigation told the group that servers in China were stealing its information, this person said. The FBI declined to comment on the matter.

The story goes on to say that experts believe the Chinese were interested in the email of less than 50 of its 450 employees. These included 4 people who work on Asia trade issues.

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